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jazeera america. i'm ste -- stephanie sy. president obama is set to speak in a few minutes about the economy. >>> a top hezbollah leader is killed. the lebanese group says he was assassinated. ♪ >>> the u.s. economy is growing but so is the income gap between the rich and the poor. president obama will talk about how to change that and other aspects of the economy when he speaks at a washington think tank in just a few minutes. mike viqueira joins us from washington. mike, good morning, what are some of the main points the president is expected to address? >> reporter: you are right, the president turning a page now after the last two months healthcare.gov debacle. he is going to talk about the grows gap between rich and poor. it's not a new story or a new subject for president obama. he talked ariel castro it two years ago in a benchmark speech in kansas. and he spoke a little bit about in this year's state of the union. the top 1% in this country have seen their income triple over the course of the last 28 years, meanwhile the middle class has scene their income grow at a mod
picketed with with them. we were there. >> we appreciate it. and president obama has paid tribute to the life of nelson mandela as well. >> that swept college campuses at that time, the first time he ever spoke to a public audience, he had said many times was on behalf of nelson mandela and the antiapartheid movement. he came to the briefing room, he spoke very eloquently. here is more of what he had to say. >> at his trial in 1964. nelson mandela closed a statement from the dock, says i have fought against white domination. uh it is an ideal which i hope to live for, and to achieve. but if needs be, it is an ideal for which i'm prepared to die. >> nelson mandela. made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. today he has gone home. and we have lost one of the most influential courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. >> as a newly elected senator in 2005, senator obama ma now president obama of course met with nelson mandela. in 2006, as a senator. barack
wife and supporters plan to go to the white house this afternoon, hoping to pressure president obama and gain gross's freedom. libby will you remind us about alan grossman, what he was doing in cuba when he was detained? >> reporter: sure, stephanie, when he was 60 years old from the d.c. suburbs, he was working in cuba for the u.s. agency for international development, in in work that was designed to help the jewish community in cuba get better access to the internet. they arrested him on his departure back to the d.c. area and convicted him of subversive communication in a project. and since that time his family has been fighting to get him out. >> we are also hearing that allan gross has made a personal plea to the president. >> that's right. he has written a letter and says he felt abandoned by his country. his wife had to sell their home, his career is essentially ruined. he spent 20 years doing develop work overseas, and he says that has all been destroyed now, and he feels, and the family feels that the obama administration could be doing more. he is a really a victim of an ol
by january 1st, the day that the affordable care act, and let's see if president obama still calls it obama-care, we haven't heard him use it lately, but this is crunch time. going back on offense and trying to turn the page over the last two months. we will also make an impact on how it is making a difference. the benefits of these protections will only accumulate in the weeks and months ahead. some of them i just mentioned. people gather near the white house today to call on president obama to do more to help treat allen gross. the american contractor has been held in a cuban prison for four years. he was there to set up internet service. but cuba says it was part of a blot to undermine its government. he was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in jail. libby casey joins us now, libby, what happened at the vigil that was held today. >> allen gross lives outside of d.c., and he was very involved in the jewish community, and what he had gone down to do was set up internet hubs. he was a sun con track for the u.s. government, the agency for international development. so judy gross, just says
. >> you i believe this is the challenging time of our tame. >> president obama said its time for a higher minimum wage. as the year winds down so does congress but big bills we main on the table. >>> and looking for a stolen truck carrying extremely dangerous radioactive material. >> the clock is ticking on the first session of the 113th congress. house is back in session bu sest the senate is still on break. libby casey joins us now from capitol hill with more. good afternoon, liby 2347 that's right, congress has a lot on its plate including the farm bill. if they don't get a farm bill passed it could cause a for the food stamp program and it could cause a problem for milk. the defense authorization act has to get passed, and unemployment benefits. long term unemployment benefits expired and they need to be renewed. president obama weighed in on that one. >> by the way, christmastime is not the time for congress to tell 1 million that they no lo longer have employment benefits. >> the senate comes in next week so there is still time to negotiate these big-ticket items but there is still
of freedom. barack obama met nelson mandela in 2005, when barack obama was a senator. after one term as president nelson mandela stepped down. he did not slow his pace. his charitable foundation raised money for a number of causes. >> when south africa hosted the world cup tournament in 2010, he made his last public appearance. the crowd honoured him to thunderous ovation. >> his third wife, graca machel, former first lady of mozambique, was at his side during prostate cancer and lingering lung infections. >> never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. the sun never set on so glorious a human achievement. let freedom rain. god bless africa. >> nelson mandela, an enduring father of the new south africa dead at 95. >> nelson mandela's life work extended behind the native south africa. we sat with civil rights leader the reverend jessie jackson, and he drew parallels with his movement and the struggle in the u.s. >> there was a sameness about the struggle ther
and the remaining africans. >>> president obama joined leaders around the world in mourning the death of nelson mandela. the white house says the president and the first lady will travel to south africa to at ten the state funeral. the two met in 2005 when obama was a senator in illinois. the president travelled to south africa in june but he was too ill to meet with mandela. libby casey joins us now. >> gratitude and so much remembrance has come pouring in from all over washington. president obama recalled how as a young man he was first inspired to political action back in college by going to an anti apartheid rally. and he talked about the role model that mandela. the president yesterday remembered his words that nelson mandela said he wanted to see an ideal, a society where there was democracy and freedom for all. >> nelson mandela lived for that ideal, and he made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and said he has gone home. and we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he
there an hour. that is twice as much as many owner in the u.s. it comes after president obama says raising the minimum wage will not hurt jobs. last month a seattle suburb increased their wage to $15 an hour and that is by far the high over the in thhigh -- highest i. it's 2:00 and her five-hour shifted at kfc is over. she is off to pick up her joiningest sojoining -- youngesm daycare to head home. with no time to take off her uniform she heads to the kitchen to make a snack and help her older children with their homework. >> they look to me. they have no one else to look to. for the last five years she has been making $9.13 a 9.1317 an h. i'm the definition of working poor. she is barely able to cover the cost of living expenses. i receive food stamp benefits and subsidized daycare and my son is on wick. >> it's a federal program that offers food and healthcare for low income families. her main concern is providing stablity for her children. i'm focusing on taking care of them and making them happy and make sure they get the education so they don't have to work a fast food ra.t restaurant
companies joining forces to battle the nsa. >>> president obama is on his way to south africa. he is heading the u.s. delegation honoring nelson mandela. the president leaving on air force one just a few hours ago. former president george w. bush and his wife laura are also on board joining first lady michelle obama and the president. president's clinton and carter will attend the service scheduled for tuesday in south africa. george r. h.w bush is the only former president that will not be there. >>> alan is near johannesburg. he has more on how the people of south africa are remembering nelson mandela. and he's a father figure being honored in cities large and small 1234 absolutely, del, and people here and in nelson mandela square in the rain at 7:00 in south africa, a soggy evening, but it doesn't seem to offend the crowds much. they have been coming here constantly to the many tribute centers set up around the country for nelson mandela. now this is a very ritzy mall. this is really the heart of high-end retail in the city of johannesburg, and it is in one of the richest districts in th
dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe. >> at risk: president obama says the economic divide is threatening the future of the american middle class. >>> fast food walkout. minimum wage workers in 100 cities promise to hit the streets to demand higher pay. >> emergency response, what authorities are learning from the desperate 911 calls played dur the newtown massacre. >>> a brutal winter blast. we begin tonight with inequality in the economy and the dangers to young americans. president obama says 10% of the population is now taking home half of the nation's income. he warns the growing canyon between rich and poor is destroying the economy, and threatening the american dream. president obama -- >> the top 20%, has about a two in three chance of staying at or near the top. a child born into the bottom 20% has a less than one in 20 shot at making i.t. to th -- making o the top. he's ten times modifier likely to stay where he is. >> president obama states statistics that shows the average american income is shrinking. the president asked the congress to rais
is that obamacare is here to stay president obama urged americans to ignore republicans who the president says are routing for the affordable care abilit act to f. >> i have always said i will work with anybody to employment anemployment -- implement and improve this law effectively. >> deffectively. do you have good ideas in. bring them to me and let's go. it's part of a white house strategy to promote healthcare until december 23rd. mike viqueira was there at the president's speech and he joins us to the white house. >> we are not going back, john, that is what president obama said he was talking about the days before the affordable care ability when 41 million americans were uninsured. what the president was trying to do se essentially is saying we e not going back to the last two months. the president's healthcare.gov website where folks go on the individual market place to get insurance has been a disaster. and the president now believes that they have turned -- that is what he was trying to do is get back on offense here. he has nervous democrats and look being ingandlooking at whae gube
disciplined. he is in hospital and will be interviewed by ntsb investigators on wednesday. >> president obama will kick off a campaign tuesday to promote the benefits of the affordable care act. the white house issued new figures showing that healthcare.gov is running smoothly. the website will be tested in the next three weeks as americans race to beat the insurance sign-up deadline. al jazeera's mike viqueira has more from washington. >> there is good new and bad news when it comes to the beleaguered website healthcare.gov. a largely lost two months, and now many of problems are fix, and not a moment too soon. some statistics they came out with. on october 1st they set a total of six individuals successfully logged on and enrolled for health insurance under the affordable care act. the error rate was 6%. now as of november 30th - that was the target date, the error rate is less than 1%. now up to 800,000 individuals can log on to the website in any given day - 50,000 at one time. still, many of the problems persist. first, there are questions about security. the data of enrollees, folks tha
check check >> president obama focussing on income and equality, calling it a threat to the american people. he says the growing gap between the rich and the poor is a defining challenge of our time. mexican authorities recover a truck filled with radioactive material. it was feared the cobalt could be used to make a dirty bomb. >> fast food workers from coast to coast walk off the job in a bid to unionize >> focus is on a school's big fraternity community after an meningit. >> s outbreak. >> president obama in his campaign paused to focus on income disperty in america. in a speech president obama says he'll devote the rest of his term to addressing the widening gap between the rich and poor, calling it the defining challenge of our time. mike viqueira has more from the white house. >> the facts are beyond dispute and the president sought to highlight the growing gap between rich and pore, striking a populous thing. he was up to two themes, themes struck throughout the presidency, first and second term. he talked about the growing cap between rich and poor, and trying
on december 28th. >> what's the reason response to this. >> well, house speaker today said if president obama has a plan on paper to extend them, he will take a look at it, so that is a little bit of a hint of some potential break through, however, he reviewed the republican perspective of it's about the economy, and we have a plan to improve the economy, and that's not related to social benefit programs. >> that we create more american jobs and better american wages. the republicans continue to focus on strengthening the economy for middle class families. that's why we passed nearly 150 bills many of them will help our economy, they are still sitting in the united states senate. so you hear a difference, how republicans approach things and democrats approach things. he also used his time to rail against obama-care, the federal healthcare law, he says that's one of the other priorities that and getting the economy going less so than working on the unemployment benefit issue. >> and torment, the labor department releases the november employment numbers. stick with al jazeera america for full c
. president obama and the first lady will travel to south africa for nelson mandela's memorial service next week. >> hello, welcome no al jazeera america, i'm morgan radford live from new york city. reinforcements on the town in trying to end the violence. nearly 400 people have been killed in the fighting in the past three days. france is dispatching more than 1,000 troops and the african union plans to double its forces. 10,000 have fled the capital. officials ordered everyone off the streets of bangui. for the latest on the crisis we start in bangui. a warning - you may find some of these images disturbing. >> french soldiers on food patrol in bangui. this is new to the city and welcomeded by men. they are here to reassure people enough to open up shops. at the moment there's no food or medicine. there's little the french can do about the growing sectarian violence between muslims and christians. >> translation: we muslims have been here for 200 years. they are killing us every day. anti-balaka christians killed more than 200. >> this is where many christiansar sheltering, close to the b
service will be held on tuesday with president obama, george w. bush, and jimmy carter. the man defending nelson mandela's yisent is also speaking out. mike hanna sat with him to talk about the unique relationship. >> there was an excessive part of the government that get-nelson mandela in gaol, and he served under nelson mandela in the first democratic cabinet. as u.n. ambassador and foreign minister, it was his task to publicly defend the yisent of nelson mandela and other political opponents. privately he maintains he lobbied for nelson mandela's release. >> in 1982 i submitted a memorandum prepared by my department. and to the effect that nelson mandela ought to be released. we were making a bigger martyr of you every day stays in prison. that is international. and status. would be growing to an extent where he would not be able to handle it. eight years later nelson mandela became a free man. here you had a man who spent 27 years in prison and the day he was released. he displayed the - he displayed the cuban and energy to the person. who has been a president before. amazing what th
.u. >> and a day of prayer for nelson mandela. president obama and two former presidents expected to attend the memorial service for the late former president. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. as a power struggle grips thailand the prime minister calls for fresh elections. the thousands of protesters in the capital say it's not enough. wayne hay has the latest from bangkok. >> there's no indication from the anti-government protesters that the announcement from the prime minister yingluck shinawatra, that she will dissolve parliament. the goals have changed. they said they would accept the solution and the resignation of the prime minister. that changed into the goal being the removal of the thaksin shinawatra regime - referring to the former prime minister ousted in a coup in 2006 and lives in self-impressed exile. his cysister, yingluck shinawat is the prime minister at the moment. >> at the moment they are continuing a push towards of the office of the prime minister, government house, where they say this will be their final attempt to remove this go. . >> wayne hay rep
you very much. >> all righty. >> president obama is heading to south africa to head the delegation hong honoring former president nelson mandela. with him are first lady michelle obama and presidents clinton and carter are expected to attend the services. george h.w. bush will be the only living u.s. president who will not be in attendance. the town where the former president grew up, workers are setting up a massive dome ahead of the state funeral which takes place on sunday. nelson mandela will lie in state at pretoria. from wednesday through sun. desmond tutu, the nelson mandela center, hosting a service to celebrate the iconic leader. as allen schauffler, reports: >> this is nelson mandela square one of the tribute sites set up around this country. it is also the heart of high end retail in johannesburg in one of the richest districts in this country. and as we found out today, many of the people who work in this neighborhood as you might expect live in a very different world. mandela square mall in santon, some of the most expensive retail space in jofg. part of the sidewalk g
healthcare site has given the obama administration lots of bad press. now the president is focusing on the rest of the affordable care act. we have the latest from the white house. >>> also amazing the man who spent three days trapped i in a sunken ship 100 feet below the ocean next. tÑ >> we have breaking. the pentagon has temporarily stopped using a route to send cargo into afghanistan. officials saying there are other routes to more cargo into and out of afghanistan. >>> detroit is bankrupt. a judge cleared the way today for what is now the largest municipal bankruptcy in u.s. history. the city is $18 billion in debt. it could mean severe cuts for retired city workers who relied on pensions. >>> french scientists have thrown a new twist in the yasser arafat story. forensic team reported that the palestinian leader did not die from radioactive poisoning. the report contra-ducts an earlier report from a swiss team, who claims that it was due to a political assassination. >>> the engineer involved in the new york train derailment found himself nodding before the train jumped the tr
the sandy hook elementary school shootings. >> the u.s. economy is growing but today president obama said the income gap between rich and poor americans is growing, too, and he's calling on washington to address the problem. >> a dangerous and growing inequality of upward mobility that jeopardy disease america's basic bargain, if you work hard you have a chance to get ahead. i believe this is the defining challenge of our time. making sure that our economy works for every working everyone. >> oonjonathan betz is here wita breakdown. >> the rich is getting richer and the poor is getting poorer, we hear it all the time, but what does it mean? last year's median income is $51,000 but that's down from the year before. and it's down if you adjust for inflation. almost all the money being made is going to the very rich. the income of the top 1% of the population grew by close to 51%. money is being made, but only for about 1.5 million people. yet for everyone else, 99% of the pop laying, their salaries have barely moved in four years. less than 1%. the richest are taking home the most since the
he call with president barack obama. the first time contact was made with an american leader in decades. he uses soak social media to congratulate sports teams. we are hoping to ensure equal opportunity. we have a public relations trainer and consultant who has been to iran for a pr conference. joining us now live, do you think it's what you said and others said at this conference that got the message through to the president that the times are a changing. >> i think it's something that the president was all right -- g if you look at what has been happening over the last few months. there is an increasing presence of his profile. it's aimed at a global audience as opposed to a domestic audience. what happens when people poke fun at someone modernizing when it doesn't suit them. i speak of putin taking his shifshirt off and flexing his p. and everyone says yeah, yeah, yeah fnlt. >> it's easier to poke fun at that if it was not genuine. but the president does genuine i will go hiking and putin is a genuine man of action i think that works better than when political leaders pret
at the sandy hook elementary school. and president obama discussed the gap between rich and poor. and this congress goes down known as the least productive. >>> a florida high school placed on high school after a shooting. one student has been injured at west orange high school outside of arsenal. the school's principal said student had been shot and was en route to the hospital. law enforcement officers were at the scene and they were observing all safety procedures. we'll bring you more information as we get it. >>> in a matter of just ten days the nation will mark the one year anniversary of the sandy hook massacre. today brought a painful remind reminder. prosecutors have released 911 called. al jazeera will not air those calls. >> reporter: we did listen to seven calls shortly after fires were shot inside sandy hook elementary school. a woman called the police dispatcher and said she had glimpsed someone running down the hall with a gun saying they were still shooting. and glass had been shot out but the school was on lock down. officers entered the school nine minutes after
of freedom. president obama met mandela once in 2005, when obama was a senator. after one term as president mandela stepped down. he did not slow his pace. his charitable foundation raised money for a variety of causes. when south africa hosted soccer's world cup tournament in july 2010 he made his last major public appearance at the final game. the crowd honoured him with a thunderous ovation. his third wife, grassa michelle, the former first lady of mozambique was at his side during his battles with prostate cancer and lung infections that hospitalized him in the end. >> never, and never again, that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another, and suffer the indignity of being the scum of the world. the sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement. god bless africa. thank you. nelson mandela dead at 95. >> let's get to the white house, mike viqueira is the white house correspondent and he has reaction from president obama to the death of nelson mandela. mike? >> about 50 minutes ago president obama came into the james brady briefing room. no secret
. after nearly two months of harsh criticism the obama administration said healthcare.gov website took a giant step forward and ready for the next big test and al jaze a jazeera's and erica is live. >> the obama administration met the deadline and the site works more than 90% of the time and up from 40% when it was launched two months ago. >> the bottom line healthcare.gov on december 1st is night and day from where it was on october 1st. >> reporter: that is president obama special advisor in charge of fixing the website that was originally bogged down with hundreds of bugs. the white house says dramatic progress has been made with the site performing with private sector velocity and a lower error rate and capacity to handle 50,000 visitors at once and if it's too busy there is a virtual waiting room that will e-mail you when it's less crowded. the new report shows administration hit the big benchmark. >> 50,000 at one time, 800,000 people a day. look this will take some time before it's up and kicking in full gear. i think what we have to look at is those states where you have well
the long walk to freedom is a little shorter thanks to tata. >> meanwhile president obama has called nelson mandela's wife to express condolences. >> the president and first lady will go to south africa for memorial event next week. nelson mandela met president obama in 2005. former presidents cloipt clinton and bush will travel to south africa. >> let's here about the event for the week ahead. >> south africa is preparing a week of events. flags fly at half mast. sunday is designated as a national day of prayer and reflection. the nation's people are asked to remember nelson mandela in their thoughts and prayers. tuesday the 10th is the next most important day. the day when the national memorial service will be held at the soccer city stadium. it conceded 95,000 people. it was the site of the 2012 world cup final and known as the kalabash. it's a cooking pot shaped in the form of a cooking pot. wednesday to friday nelson mandela's body will lie in state in the union building in pretoria. that's the official residents of the current president jacob zuma. there'll be many memorial services t
. the satellite radar tracking other storms. we'll have that later. >> after months of harsh criticism the obama administration announced it has met it's deadline to get the healthcare.gov website working but they warn it's still in progress. >> the bottom line of healthcare.gov from december 1st is night and day from where it was on octobe october 1st. >> fixing the website that was originally bogged down with hundreds of bugs. the white house said dramatic progress has been made with this site now performing with private sectors. this site has a lower error rate with capacity to handle 50,000 visit hvisitors at once. if it's busy there is a virtual waiting room that will e-mail you when it's less crowded. >> 50,000 people at one time. 800,000 people a day. look, this is going to take some time before it's up and kicking in full gear. >> reporter: for some republicans the problem is with obamacare itself. >> you have 15% of the pollalation that didn't have health insurance when it started, and we think that number was high. we think it was closer to 10. they disrupted it for the 85% who had h
will be looking at. >> lisa stark thank you. >> thank you. >> in other news, the obama administration says the health insurance website has vastly improved. the administration has spent two months fixing the glitches in the health care reform law. mike viqueria, are all the problems fixed? >> well, not all the problems are fixed but the white house spokesman just moments ago jay carney speaking for the president believes that the website has significantly improved and they have met their threshold for the vast majority of citizens who sign on. 90% will have a successful experience and will be able to enroll through the website. night and day is how the top official that the president put in charge of having this website up and functioning by november 30th, last saturday, says the difference is between october 1st, and the end of november. the problem is, that it's two months, two months that were virtually lost where people could not enroll on the website and now it's crunch time. some of the other metrics they put out, the error rate is less than 1%, when earlier i.t. was 6%, other websit
he continue to see that. thank you. >> the obama administration said it has met it's deadline to fix the healthcare.gov website. the administration promised all would be well in november. we will gather to the white house with more details, mike, this was a big deadline for the administration. are all the problems with the website solved? >> reporter: they aren't all solved but they say its like night and day after that disastrous launch of octobe october 1st. they cite certain benchmarks, certain metrics, error rates down to 1%. they were 6% at the outset of this debacle in the estimation of administration officials. as many as 800,000 a day and they achieved 90% functionality. you recall that by the end of last month, november 31st they had promised an 80% functionality. by their own estimation they have exceeded that. but that's by their own estimation. for the time being we'll have to take their word for it. it's all a anecdotal at this point. there are questions about the website's security when people are entering sensitive personal information and data, and about insurers on
, and president obama has been very good about pushing for high speed rail. i believe he allocated some $50 billion in his budget, but none of it has been expended yet because we really don't have a plan for a high speed rail system except for the one in california. so it's segments that we will of high speed rail, but we won't have a coordinated planned national high speed rail system. >> do thest coast-run trains from boston to washington, d.c. and often what you hear from congress is well, amtrak is losing money. well, amtrak has an operation does lose money. but when you separate answered kind of train operation into two factors, the transfer cost and operating costs. and that's how other countries treat their brain systems. in japan and france, they have operating companies that make money on their train system. but the capital investment is made by their governments. so the train operating companies are now bearing those costs. here we're expecting amtrak to bear both operating as well as capital costs, and it does require a lot of subsidy to them. >> at some point are we sometimes fo
, "we are not there to be bitten, not the tongue", and he never did. >> u.s. president barack obama has been defending his flag ship health care law. there has been problems with the website allowing people to buy medical insurance. as a result his personal approval ratings plummeted. obama says the affordable care act will be worth it. >> the u.s. city of detroit has been given the go ahead. it's a blow to trade unions who travel the decision, which paves the way to spending cuts. it's an attempt to pay off some of the $18 billion debt. >> india is refusing to bundle on food subsidies as negotiations to finalise a trade deal continues as a world trade organization summit in indonesia. hundreds of protesters held demonstrations outside the conference in bali, angry that a deal could lead to the elimination of subsidies. >> south korea's president opened an international fund to help those countries most vulnerable to climate change. >> it is expected to help pour nations reduce greenhouse gas emissions. the money from the fund is supposed to come from the rich countries. only sea has co
. president obama met nelson mandela in 2005 and will travel to south africa to attend memorial services. he'll be joined by former presidents bill clinton and george bush. >> 2013 is poised to be the best year for hire since 2005, before the recession. year low and is at 7%.l to a of the u.s. economy gained more jobs than it expected, adding 203,000 positions just last month. the gains were low spread in low and high-earning positions. mike viqueira has more from the white house. >> new unemployment figures are good news for the white house, they've been waiting for this for some time, and whether it matters economically or to many people, millions out of work and those what have given up looking for work. it's good news for the barack obama administration. with unemployment insurance to expire for 1.3 million if condepress doesn't act by the end. month, the white house is stuck in an ironic situation. they are arguing for an end to the cut if growth improves, gdp, in the last court, and down to 7% on friday, the lowest in five years. the administration says unemployment insurance has to be
. >> you perhaps had a role in electing a president because obama became politically active in that as well. >> many young people myself and the president included got our start in activit activism in ths movement. and it has a long term impact in that way. >> professor thank you so much for the conversation >> nelson mandela was a love of boxer. he had one regretted admittedl. >>> increasing tensions in asia. >> south korea has an expanded air defense zone which overlaps with the one last month that zone is one that is disputte diy the countries. >> south korea ma dispute may be about invisible lines on land. the strategic waters and rocks are claimed by beijing and seoul as part of their ex-clu exclusie economic zones. now south africa has asserted their rights from above. the new korean airspace defense identification zone has been modified to be in line with the country's flight region this modified zone increased the air zone over the waters. waters. seoul's move comes two weeks after china's air defense identification zone encroaching on korea a and japan. the government of seoul say
, president obama has said that the pursuit of a long-standing deal with iran to monitor their nuclear weapons is as likely to fail as it is to succeed. he was speaking at a pro-israel forum in washington. iran has agreed to temporarily roll back the enrichment of uranium, which could be used to build a nuclear bomb but also to generate nuclear energy. iran calls their program peaceful. >> we have to not constantly assume that it's not possible for iran, like any country, to change over time. it may not be likely. you know, if you asked me what is the likelihood that we're able to arrive at the end state that i was just describing earlier, i wouldn't say that it's more than 50/50. we have to try. >> iran, the u.s. and five other world powers will meet in the coming days to discuss implementing a six-month agreement on iran's nuke prarm. rouhani said the deal has already benefitted his country's economy. >>> remembering nelson mandela. today marks the beginning of a week of remembrance. they have a day of prayer and reflection. earlier today the mandela foundation held a service. services like
viqueira, thank you very much. >>> president obama is on his way to south africa at this hour. he's heading the u.s. delegation there. >> reporter: president's bush and former first lady laura, and former president clinton will also be going, desmond t tutu is taking part and right now the nelson mandela center is holding ceremonies to honor the normal r president. we have more on how the people of africa are remembering nelson mandela. he was a father figure. the world may be watching the big events but there are smaller events taking place as well. it appears we lost alan, but he's back. >> reporter: we're at nelson mandela square. this is one of those areas that you were mentions. this is one of the districts in jojohannesburg. there will be places like this all over this country, and there has been a steady stream of people coming in from that corner all day long. one set of people who will be posing in front of the statue, the 25-foot statue of nelson mandela down there. another cordoned off stream of people who want to see the flowers and notes left earlier today. there was another gr
air. more on the temperatures in a couple of minutes. >> thank you. president obama says the american dream is threatened by a growing gap between the nations rich and poor. at a speech at the center for american progress, president obama said he'd devote the rest of his term to addressing income and equality he calls it the defining challenge of our time. >> the idea that a child may never escape that poverty because she lacks a dicent education or health care or a community that views her future as their own, that should affect all of us. >> it should compel us to action. we are a better country. let me repeat. the combined trends of inceffed inequality pose a fundamental effect. >> republicans were quick to cit size of president's remarks. the income gap is caused by policies claiming that the affordable care act and tougher business regulations encourage company depends on the government. the statistics are telling. from 2009 to 2012 the average engine from the top 1% of earners increased 31%. incomes for the rest of the nation's workers rose by one half of one%. >> thousands of f
and leaders including president obama and three former u.s. presidents expected to attend tuesday's memorial service for the late south african president. >> and a crime was never committed and we stood by that. >> reporter: the san antonio four speaking out, released after 16 years behind bars for a crime they have always maintained they did not commit. ♪ the deep freeze is on, wintry weather and cold temperatures reach the east coast. the weather is disrupting travel nationwide and made some sunday nfl games almost impossible to see. good morning and welcome to al jazeera america, i'm stephanie sy and the storm caused car pile ups in several states and accidents on the pennsylvania turnpike sunday involved almost 60 video as and this shows the long line of cars that came to a halt in morgan town, pennsylvania and we are tracking the storm. what is the latest? >> all of that snow and wind, it is still with us and we are going to continue to see it taking its toll and creating very dangerous driving conditions over much of the country and if you booked a flight you might want to call ahea
. and healthcare.gov is running smoothly the obama administration is back in sales mode and president obama will kickoff a campaign today to promote the affordable care act. the white house wants to point out the benefits of the reform law and they plan to focus on a specific benefit each day until the sign up deadline on december 23, that is when anyone who needs coverage on january 1st must be enrolled. the white house is offering money to ensurers so people who like their health plans can keep them. the obama administration says the payments would offset the cost of reinstating cancelled policies and millions of people received cancellation notices and the cancelled policies do not meet the standards of the healthcare law. it was an attack that standed the dance world, now the verdict is in for a former member of russia's famed ballet and find out why you may have to pay sales tax for everything you buy online and the fight over food and they are considering cutting subsidies to some of the world's poorest people. ♪ ♪ good morning and welcome back to al jazeera america and i'm thomas
reform is under the way. it is to encourage sign-ups. president obama urged americans to ignore republicans saying they are rooting for the program to fail. >> i have always said i will work with anybody to implement and improve the law effectively. if you've got good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but, we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. i want to make it clear about that. >> the sign up for deadlines who want medical coverage at the start of next year is december 23rdrd. it is pushing a nonprofit group in nashville to help struggling musicians navigate the side. robert ray has that story. [ ♪ music ] >> look in any direction, on any corner, and there is a singer, is a song writer and mel oddy maker. nashville. where local drummer andy has been playing clubs for 30 years. living gig to gig, with little and sometimes no health insurance. >> they were hard to qualify for, if you had pre-existing conditions, you were out of it. the nature of being a musician is like a roller-coaster ride. >> the music industry has a major economic impact. it's most visible here
is the white house's take. >> reporter: there is a paint by numbers aspect ever since the obama administration took office. yes, the unemployment rate has largely gone down. private sector employment has increased for two years running now. the white house will say its good news but there is more work to be done. that's what they said today. the better the economy improves, that gdp rate that came out and shocked everything in the third quarter. 3.6% growth. that's nearly rebust but not near full employment strength. >> i think we just lost mike. we did. my apologies. still ahead on al jazeera america. the latest on the wintery blast causing problems in several states. >>> and trying to keep a deadly conflict from growing worse. plans to stop a slot center africa. that's next. >> bitter cold ice and heavy snow battering the southwest. thkentucky is experiencing real problems on the road. take a look at these pictures. in texas at least 180,000 people have lost power. mark snyder has the latest for us in dallas. >> here's a taste of what it looks like most of the day. here american airlines age
of sympathy to nelson mandela's widow. president obama called nelson mandemandela's wife to express s condolcondolences. >>> john takes us through all of the events that will honor nelson mandela in the coming days. >> south africa is preparing for a whole week of morning for mour nelson mandela who died in his sleep peacefully. sunday is being designated as a national day of prayer and reflection. which the country's 52 million people are being asked to remember nelson mandela in their thaitthoughts and prayers. the next poir important day is tuesday. that is when a memorial will be held at the soccer stadium. it is known locally as the calabash. a calabash is an african cook beincookingpot from wednesday tn mandela's body will lie in state in the union building in pretoria. there will be many memorial services throughout the country during those three days. there will be a state funeral. however we have information because at that funeral mandela's family and the world will say ghoob t goodbye to thet black president and nobel peace pricprize lauret that the county fer had. ever had
the obama administration said the site was 90% functional and fixed. some users say it's still possible to think you are signed up but not get coverage. and at peak times of the day, just signing on was still a bit of a problem. mike viqueira is at the whitehouse for us and has the latest on this trouble site. mike, this was a big deadline for the administration over the weekend >> reporter: right. >> there seems to be plenty of work to do here. >> >> reporter: there is. there is good news/bad news really. you mentioned signing on. the administration was full of facts and figures over the laugh two days. saturday, they set november 30th as the goal whereby the quote, unquote vast majority of americans visiting the website would have a positive experience and some success. that would be a marked improvement over what we have seen over the course of the last two months ever since the bungled launch and the administration says there are market improvements. the error rate now less than 1% down from a whopping 6% back in and on october 1st. if you look at it relative to some big department
joined in a bloody protest. four were killed. >>> the obama administration says for the most part, healthcare.gov is now working. the man in charge of repairs said this morning there have been more than 40 changes made over the last five weeks, we have made substantial progress working through the punch lists. we have executed hundreds of south wear fixes and hardware upgrades. the site is stable and operating at its intended capacity with gratefully improved performance. >> questions remain about. mike rogers says the improvements are not good enough. >> it still doesn't function right. their own cio said he believed if they had the ability to get up to 80% functionality, that would be a good day for them. so nobody talks about. the security of this site and the private information does not meet even the minimal standards of the private sector. we should not tolerate the shear level of incompetence securing this site. >> officials say 800,000 people will be able to shop for insurance coverage every day but they also admit much more work lies ahead, which includes fixes hundreds o
as victory day. and are calling for prime minister yingluck shinawatra to resign. >> the obama administration says that for the most part of the healthcare.gov website is, in fact, working. the man in charge of fixing the website says more than 400 changes have been made. >> over the last five weeks we made substantial progress, working through it. we have executed software fixes and hardware upgrades. the site is stable, and operating at its intended capacity with improved performance. >> even despite the overhaul, there are questions about the website. republican congressman says the improvements are not good enough. >> the security of this site, and the private information does not meet the minimal standards of the private sector, and that concerns me. i don't care if you are for or against it. we should not tolerate the level of incompetence securing the site. >> officials say that 800,000 people will be able to shop for insurance each day. they do admit that there's still much more work ahead, which does include fixing hundreds of software bugs. >> we've had rain in the mountain passes t
,800 centerfuges added to iran stock. so sanctions have utterly failed. >> reporter: in washington the obama administration contradicted his version of events. >> there is no question if you look at the facts of the impact of oil revenues and impact on their economic growth at large that there was a huge impact of the -- the sanctions had an enormous impact and that was a driving factor in bringing the iranians back to the negotiating table. >> reporter: many speculating that if it succeeds washington and tahir may cooperate and it could be useful at the up coming peace talks known as geneva two and the u.s. response. >> the goal is to have a governing body, that is the goal of the geneva conference and they have not embraced that as the focus of the geneva communication. >> reporter: it is in the middle of what could be described as a charm offensive and visiting officials in saudi arabia that sent guns and cash to the syrian opposition and they insist iran is trying to be a good neighbor. >> we believe that we need, all of us, need to cooperate with each other to, in fact, contain the sp
, wants to put a picture and a personality behind the scene. she wants americans and president obama to feel connected to her husband. he was doing this work as a subcontractor, for a u.s. agency, and the work was to set up internet access for the jewish community opinion he had this rally today that was atented by his wife, but also by a large representation of the jewish community. that is pushing for his release. he has lost 100-pounds and he even has more intense problems. >> left to die, by his country. what could be worse than thinking that your government isn't doing anything to bring you home. so what is the white house reaction to allen gross' situation. >> well, the president says he talked about this today, the situation is unacceptable. he demanding the immediate and unconditionallal release. how, jay carney, the president to get more -- the problem is we are having this cold war mentality. things haven't really fallen out with cuba. personally engaged and other international figures to use their influence with cuba, to bro mote the beliefs. at the forefront of discussion
are today's head loins. president obama and congressional democrats are trying to reshape the debate over the affordable care act. this afternoon they'll launch an effort to explain the law's benefits and why it was passed in the first place. >>> a federal judge has declared detroit is eligible for bankruptcy. the city has roughly $18 billion of debt. the city could be forced to cut the pensioned of retired employees. ♪ >>> i'm dave warren. the headline with the weather will be the arctic blast that is just starting to move south. here are the current readings. 50 in tulsa. 55 degrees in st. louis. there is some light snow with this as well. we had some snow in the last 24 hours, and more will come down as this storm continues to develop. there is the cold air coming in from the north. the warm air being pulled up ahead of the storm. the arctic blast is coming down from the north, and by tuesday and wednesday it is through the dakotas through kansas and oklahoma as this storm continues to intensify. there will be gusty wind with this. we'll be talking about wind chill and snow. another
publicity about the healthcare site president obama ask the people to ignore the republicans root are to the affordable care act to fail. >> i always said i would work with anyone to implement this law. if you have good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we are not repealing it as long as i'm president. [ clapping ] >> >> the president's speech kicked off the administration's three week inspirational campaign about healthcare reform, sign up for individuals who want coverage next year, is the 23rd. >>> hello, we are looking at dangerous conditions on the road in terms of the northern plains and the border states. look at the know on the radar summary. this is causing a problem because it's accumulating as well as the visibilities are coming down. across the north-west we don't expect the snow it linger. we did a snow earlier. that was across washington, down to nevada, fading out. our focus will be over here towards the east over the next day. still cool across parts of seattle. not a lot of rain or snow. it's the cooler temperatures going below freezing every night. looks lik
at >>> welcome al jazeera america. i'm ste -- stephanie sy. president obama is set to speak in a few minutes about the economy. >>> a top hezbollah leader is killed. the lebanese group says he was assassinated. ♪ >>> the u.s. economy is growing but so is the income gap between the rich and the poor. president obama will talk about how to change that and other aspects of the economy when h
. thank you everybody. god bless you. >>> president obama wrapping up a major speech. he started out by painting a bleak picture of america's social and economic landscape, calling the growing income gap the defining challenge of our time. he then went into his solutions familiar democratic talking points including what he calls the benefits of his signature health care law. let's bring in mike viqueira in washington. mike this seemed like a speech to the democratic base. >> i think you are absolutely right. in a way he talked about all of those issues that are near and dear to the left and the timing perhaps not accidental is due to the fact the left is feeling very discouraged right now. and the president has been moving to shore up his support as he heads into the last three years of his presidency and really tries to get things done. music to the ears of the left, talking about strengthening unions, gay rights legislation, in the workplace, raising the minimum wage, and the affordable care act an empowering tool, all under that overarching theme, stephanie of economic disparity a
, toronto mayor, addiction has landed him a job in the united states. [ ♪ music ] >>> president obama had a lot to say about economic inequality. perhaps it was an attempt to divert attention from the rollout from his health care law. he struck a nerve when he talked about the middle class and how many americans are learning. we'll take a look at this with an american who knows what it's like to live that way. first, mike viqueira at the white house >> the facts are beyond dispute. the government sought to highlight the gap between the rich and poof. he was up to two themes. these are themes struck throughout the presidency, first and second term. he talked about the gap between rich and poor and talking about trying to raise the minimum wage. he got behind that, backing a height or legislation and congress that's $0.10 an hour. many states are moving on their own. the president deniably is trying to shore up a political base after a rocky rollout of healthcare.gov. democrats are dispirited. this is the latest in a series of event where the president spoke to the base and what he said was
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